About the Centre

Fostering engaged, innovative research into placed histories across all regions and periods, from the rural to the urban and the parish to the metropolis.

Who we are

The Centre for the History of People, Place and Community builds on the IHR’s long-standing expertise in local history, and in urban and metropolitan history.

We bring together academics, heritage professionals, community groups, creative practitioners, and all those interested in places and their stories. Our aim is to promote inclusive, imaginative approaches to making history. Projects within the Centre range from the Victoria County History, founded in 1899, to the pioneering Layers of London crowdsourced digital history project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

We also offer training, a programme of events, and a conceptual space for everyone working on place, people and the past to connect, experiment and share ideas.

Connections and conversations

We are outward-looking and keen to identify where research can meet challenges and opportunities in the real world today. Our Advisory Board helps us make connections and start conversations. Current members are:

  • Sibia Akhtar, Associate Curator (Power Hall) at the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
  • Matthew Davies, Professor of Urban History and Executive Dean, School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Rachel Delman, Heritage Partnerships Coordinator, University of Oxford
  • Michael Eades, Head of Civic Engagement, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Ruth Frendo, Archivist, The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
  • Victoria Hoyle, Director of the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York
  • Sara Huws, Civic Engagement at Cardiff University Libraries and Archives; broadcaster; Co-founder, East End Women’s Museum
  • Nicholas Kingsley (ex officio as a trustee of the Victoria County History Trust)
  • Kathryn Maude, The National Archives
  • Neil Redfern, Executive Director, Council for British Archaeology
  • Iain Robertson, Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • James Peate, Social and Cultural Historian 18th/19th Century (ECR representative)
  • Rosamund West, Lecturer in Architectural Studies, Manchester School of Architecture, University of Manchester (ECR representative)   
  • William Wyeth, Properties Historian at English Heritage (ECR representative)